Investigadors |
Researchers
Joan Salvadó Prof. Joan Salvadó Rovira
Full Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain) Head of the Bioenergy and Biofuels Division in the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research. Scientific Stages at University of Leeds (UK), Université de Sherbrooke (Qc, CA) and NREL (USA).
Carles Torras Dr. Carles Torras Font
Dr. Carles Torras holds a research position at Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain). His research interests & background are membrane technology, microalgae biorefining, CFD, microfluidics & software development.
Ester Clavero Dr. Ester Clavero Oms
Dr. Ester Clavero performs her reasearch at Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain). She is a biologist with a depth background in microalgae culturing and characterization.
Esther Lorente Dr. Esther Lorente Royo
Dr. Esther Lorente works as reasearcher at Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain). With a chemical engineering background, she is focused on microalgae cell disruption and fractionation via steam explosion.
Monika Haponska Msc. Monika Haponska
PhD student at the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) of Tarragona (Spain). Her research is addressed to the investigation of separation processes in microalgae biorefining, especially on membrane filtration.
Claudia Nurra Dr. Claudia Nurra
Former PhD student at the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) of Tarragona (Spain). Expert in membrane technology applied to microalgae biorefining.

Projectes clau |
Key projects


  • ‘‘Cultivo, concentracion, fraccionamiento y obtencion de producto en refineria de microalgas. CTQ2014-56285-R.
    Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Projecte URV-IREC
  • "Desenvolupament de plantes energètiques a partir de microalgues". Projecte GNF - IREC.
  • ‘‘Biorrefineria de microalgas: optimización de las etapas de cosechado y de obtención de lípidos’’. ENE2011-22761.
    Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Projecte URV-IREC
  • ‘‘Fuels from Biomass’’. Research program funded by Excma. Diputació Tarragona. Projecte URV- IREC.
  • ‘‘Demostración del cultivo y procesado de algas en sistemas semicerrados con fertilización carbónica en el entorno de la
    refinería de Repsol en Tarragona’’. Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Plan E). Projecte Repsol - IREC.
  • "Evaluación del cultivo de diatomeas para la producción de combustibles líquidos y sólidos". Programa Nacional de I+D+I
    en Energías Alternativas, Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología. ENE2007-65033/ALT. Projecte URV.


Articles seleccionats |
Selected papers


  • Caporgno, M.P., Clavero, E., Torras, C. et al. (2016). Energy and Nutrients Recovery from Lipid-Extracted Nannochloropsis via
    Anaerobic Digestion and Hydrothermal Liquefaction ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 4: 3133-3139.
  • Lorente, E., Farriol, X., Salvadó, J. (2015) "Steam explosion as a fractionation step in biofuel production from microalgae."
    Fuel Processing Technology 131: 93-98.
  • Nurra, C., E. Clavero, et al. (2014). "Vibrating membrane filtration as improved technology for microalgae dewatering."
    Bioresource Technology 157(0): 247-253.
  • Nurra, C., C. Torras, et al. (2014). "Biorefinery concept in a microalgae pilot plant. Culturing, dynamic filtration and
    steam explosion fractionation." Bioresource Technology 163(0): 136-142.
  • Ríos, S. D., J. Castañeda, et al. (2013). "Lipid extraction methods from microalgal biomass harvested by two different
    paths: Screening studies toward biodiesel production." Bioresource Technology 133(0): 378-388.
  • Ríos, S. D., C. M. Torres, et al. (2013). "Microalgae-based biodiesel: Economic analysis of downstream process realistic
    scenarios." Bioresource Technology 136(0): 617-625.
  • Torres, C. M., S. D. Ríos, et al. (2013). "Microalgae-based biodiesel: A multicriteria analysis of the production process
    using realistic scenarios." Bioresource Technology 147(0): 7-16.
  • Torres, C. M., S. D. Ríos, et al. (2013). "Sustainability analysis of biodiesel production from Cynara Cardunculus crop."
    Fuel 111(0): 535-542.
  • Şirin, S., E. Clavero, et al. (2013). "Potential pre-concentration methods for Nannochloropsis gaditana and a comparative
    study of pre-concentrated sample properties." Bioresource Technology 132(0): 293-304.
  • Ríos, S. D., J. Salvadó, et al. (2012). "Antifouling microfiltration strategies to harvest microalgae for biofuel."
    Bioresource Technology 119(0): 406-418.
  • Şirin, S., R. Trobajo, et al. (2012). "Harvesting the microalgae Phaeodactylum tricornutum with polyaluminum chloride,
    aluminium sulphate, chitosan and alkalinity-induced flocculation." Journal of Applied Phycology: 1067-1080.
  • Rios, S. D., E. Clavero, et al. (2010). "Dynamic Microfiltration in Microalgae Harvesting for Biodiesel Production."
    Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 50(4): 2455-2460.
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